By TED RADICK
ARCADIA — The Arcadia Redskins were holding the ball for the final shot of the first half Thursday.
The ball was passed to backup forward Abbie Dauterman with about 17 seconds left in the second quarter.
Dauterman put up a shot, drawing an emphatic “No!” from Arcadia coach Randy Baker.
That quickly changed to a “Nice shot” as Dauterman drained the 17-footer to give the Redskins a 41-21 lead, and pretty much summed up how everything went for Arcadia in a 75-61 win over Arlington in a Blanchard Valley Conference girls basketball game.
The Redskins won their seventh straight game and improved to 13-3 overall and 6-1 in the BVC. Arcadia kept pace with Liberty-Benton (13-3, 6-1), a 68-46 winner Thursday over Van Buren, atop the league standings.
Arlington fell to 13-4, 5-2 and is tied for third place in the BVC with Pandora-Gilboa (11-5, 5-2) and Leipsic (11-5, 5-2).
“That was as complete a four quarters of basketball as we’ve played all season,” Baker said. “The girls came out confident, and we really played well.”
The second quarter was especially impressive.
Arcadia won the turnover battle in the second stanza 9-0, and converted many of those into transition baskets.
After ending the first quarter on a 10-2 run to take a 17-11 lead, Arcadia blitzed Arlington with 24 second-quarter points for a 41-23 margin at halftime.
“We lost some of their shooters,” Arlington coach Seth Newlove said. “I didn’t think we defended well all night, and Miranda Palmer and Courtney Cramer are a big reason for that.
“I think Miranda Palmer is the best player in the league, and she showed that tonight. We couldn’t stop her.”
Palmer had eight points in the first quarter, 10 more in the second and finished with a game-high 28. She also had seven assists and six steals.
“We’ve had success guarding her in the past, but that’s someone who has worked on basketball a lot,” Newlove said.
“She’s worked on her game and she’s a lot better than she was even last year.”
Cramer hit four 3-pointers and finished with 20 points. Arcadia was 8 of 12 shooting from beyond the arc.
Molly Glick, with 11 points and eight rebounds, and Rebecca Kirian, with 11 points and seven boards, were also in double figures for the Redskins.
“We had people step up and score,” Baker said. “Everybody played with confidence, everybody hit their shots.”
A 3-pointer by Arlington’s Maddi Mains cut Arcadia’s lead to 22-14 early in the second quarter. Kirian responded with three baskets, including a 3-pointer, and the Redskins were off and running, helped by quick feet and hands on defense that forced Arlington’s offense into disarray.
Palmer and Cramer each hit 3-pointers and the Arcadia lead quickly grew to 34-19. Dauterman hit a pair of shots to help the Redskins overcome the loss of Glick, who had hit the bench with a couple of fouls early in the first quarter.
“We have to control ourselves on defense sometimes,” Baker said.
“At times, we get a little excited and overplay stuff. We did a better job tonight, in a lot of instances, of staying home and doing our coverages that we’re supposed to do.”
Arlington could never catch up after halftime. The Red Devils finished with 19 turnovers that offset a decent 25 of 48 shooting performance.
Hannah Johnson led the Red Devils with 12 points and Haley Dillon added 10.
arlington (13-4, 5-2)
McMath 1-0—2, H. Johnson 4-2—12, Webb 2-0—4, Jolliff 2-2—6, O’Rear 2-0—4, Heaster 3-1—7, Mains 2-0—6, Russell 2-0—6, Insley 2-0—4, Dillon 5-0—10, Thibaut 0-0—0. TOTALS: 25-48 5-8—61.
arcadia (13-3, 6-1)
Fox 0-1—1, Palmer 10-5—28, Mock 0-0—0, Kirian 5-0—11, Ball 0-0—0, Glick 4-3—11, Cramer 8-0—20, Pina 0-0—0, Dauterman 2-0—4, Coward 0-0—0. TOTALS: 29-53 9-15—75.
Arlington 11 12 17 21 — 61
Arcadia 17 24 22 12 — 75
3-Point GOALS: Arlington 6-14 (Johnson, Mains & Russell 2); Arcadia 8-12 (Cramer 4, Palmer 3, Kirian 1).
rebounds: Arlington 23 (Heaster & Dillon 5); Arcadia 27 (Glick 8, Kirian 7).
turnovers: Arlington 19, Arcadia 9.
junior varsity: Arlington, 32-17.